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Senior School

In the Senior School, we believe that teachers and parents should work together to support, motivate and encourage each child to develop an attitude to learning which encourages and supports effort and participation and rewards students who strive for personal excellence.

We aim to provide an extensive range of appropriate courses that cater for the needs of students progressing to University, Technical And Further Education (TAFE) and the workplace. This includes the provision of Workplace Learning and School-Based Apprenticeships to those students seeking to gain Year 12 Graduation and simultaneously attain a defined advantage in the trade areas.

We seek to build on our students’ strong academic platform and love of learning, placing a strong emphasis on the link between pastoral care and academic focus. Our reputation in the community as a very strong academic school has been borne out in many years of very successful results.

We encourage our students to develop their independence, while at the same time maintaining strong, positive relationships between student, home and school. We value this partnership and believe that each partner plays an important role in the holistic development of the child.

Senior School Structure

The Senior School caters for children from Year 10 to Year 12.

Students are assigned to one of our five Houses – Cuthbert, Durack, Florey, Hollows and Lingiari. Sporting and other competitions are held on an Interhouse basis. Each House has an annual Charity Day, where students take a leadership role in raising funds for various House-aligned charities in a meaningful fashion. In the last two years alone more than $50 000 has been raised for beneficiaries such as Telethon, the Victorian Bushfire Appeal, Red Nose Day and more.

Furthermore, our main system of pastoral care is delivered through House-based Tutorial Groups. Our aim is for students to remain in the same group with the same staff tutor for three years, facilitating the development of good understandings and positive long-term relationships between students, staff and families.

Senior School Philosophy

Our Senior School philosophy is based on the understanding that students need to be part of an environment where achieving personal excellence and success are celebrated. Independence and motivation are inextricably linked in this drive for personal achievement.

The Senior School operates an innovative system of curriculum delivery, based on a modified Dalton Plan, in which teacher-directed classes are supported by weekly learning assignments and a significant and a comprehensive tutorial system that is embedded within the weekly timetable. In doing so, we strive to equip students with the knowledge and skills to be independent self-directed learners with the capacity to plan and organise their individual learning Programmes.

We employ a "state of the art" computer network to provide students with access to contemporary Information and Communication Technologies and to deliver the weekly learning assignments; and to implement the best possible practice in teaching and learning.

The main purpose of the Senior School is to provide the opportunity for each child to develop their potential – academically, socially, emotionally, spiritually and physically. Each student is encouraged to achieve personal excellence in everything they do, relative to their own strengths and weaknesses. Literacy, Numeracy and Information Technology skills are of key importance.

Senior schooling is a time when children move from the security of school life to being a part of the broader working community. Strong communication and effective relationships between staff and students enhance the prospects of this transition succeeding and prospering.

Natalie Shaw

Associate Principal Senior School


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